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      -plant lilacs in the spring or fall

      -find a spot that drains well (lilacs dont like to sit in water)

      -the need to get atleast 6 hours of direct sun a day

      -space plants 10-15 ft apart (6ft for hedges)

      -dig individual holes that are as deep as the plants container and

      about a foot wider.

      -mix a dose of rose food or slow release, low nitrogen fertilizer

      into the soil.

      tending tips:

      water during the first summer

      water deeply only 1 time a week

      After a year lilacs wont require watering unless the region is

      experiencing a drought.

      food- lilacs dont usually need food after the initial planting

      pruning- dont stress about pruning simply snip off the bloom stalks

      once they withered.

      every few years cut off some of the old.

      making lilac arrangements:

      -gather lilacs early in the morning when they are full of moisture

      and at there freshest.

      -snip tightly budded stems the length you want, cutting just above

      where the leaves join the stem.

      -indoors, recut them at a angle and strip off leaves that might

      otherwise touch and contaminate the water.

      -change the water in your container every 2-3 days resnipping stems

      each time

      -lilacs should last a week

      Kelly in IL

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